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slowly limping its way back to alabama. there is sewage in the hallways. sorry to be sharing those details at this hour of the morning. welcome to a special edition of "early start". >> lots to get to this morning as we hit 5:00 here in washington, d.c.. just a few hours ago really president obama who was challenging congress to act, it was his state of the union address that was a response to from senator marco rubio, response very interesting, but it's what he did during the response that has a lot of people talking this morning. lots to get to, as well. >> first there is another major developing story going on right now. dramatic developments overnight in the manhunt for christopher dorner, police now saying they have found charred remains in that burned out cabin after a shoot-out in that cabin near big bear lake, california. dorner allegedly shot two more officers, killing one of them before barricading himself in the woods. his ten day reign of terrorizing
people apparently ending when a s.w.a.t. team detonated a smoke device inside that cabin and set it on fire. we still do not have positive confirmation of dorner's death even though they are now saying they have found charred remains. cops spent nearly a week franticly searching big bear. how they finally cornered the suspect. >> reporter: a hail of bullets, police radio captured the moment. a cabin burning to the ground. fugitive ex-cop christopher dorner believed inside. after six days, the first dorner report came midday. the "l.a. times" reports two maids cleaning a home were tied up. their car stolen. first law enforcement to spot the suspect in the stolen car were two fish and wildlife officers. >> first was a purple nissan which he ultimately appeared to have been driving too fast, lost control of the vehicle, crashed
it. car jacked the second white pickup. and then was fleeing the scene which is when our warden noticed him. they were so close that he recognized his face. >> reporter: suspected cop killer christopher dorner. suspect opened fire, 15 shots, hitting the patrol car, narrowly missing the officers. they chased the truck to this cabin. as they began their approach, the man inside opened fire. the gun fight captured by a local news reporter's cell phone. radio calls from the officers. then the heart sinking call. >> officer down, officer down. >> we have an officer down. another officer down. >> one of our deputies was injured. he's being treated here at loma
linda. and unfortunately, within of our deputies passed away as a result of his injuries. >> all law enforcement agencies is a broatherhood, so this is a very difficult day for law enforcement pmt. >> reporter: law enforcement closed down all r0oads in and out. then this. >> barricaded himself inside the cabin and engaged in gunfire with our deputies and other law enforcement officers. is still inside there. >> reporter: the cabin burned to the ground. the suspect believed still inside. san bernardino sheriff's department confident enough to drop the road blocks even as they wait for dna identification. the largest manhunt has come to an end. >> lots of new details to get to this morning just about how the officers were able to finally track down dorner.
let's get right to paul. cops were combing the area we know for a week, but it did seem like they were removing some of their resources, lots of rumors that maybe the suspect had fled to mexico. give me a sense of how this came to be the last hours of this man hunt. >> reporter: big break comes when he ties up two maids and steals their car. then fish and wildlife officers see him doing something audacious, he's tailing two school buses literally on the bumper almost of one of the buses, and he's using the buses for cover. so then it's fish and wildlife who get involved. they radio ahead, get other officers aware of where dorner is going. he steals another car, the pickup truck, and eventually winds up at that cabin where the shoot-out occurred. let's hear more about the cabin. a big factor up here because many cabins were unoccupied, but they always feared he had been
hold up in one of them. let's take a listen. >> exactly more than one cab bip. it's actually got five smaller cabins. and my mother rents them out. no ammunition or firearms that i know of. it also has a basement, though. >> how big a basement? >> probably about 800 square foot. >> reporter: and it's that cabin where the fugitive met his end. >> we've baun running clips of will this gunfire that comes from one of our former colleagues who was literally almost caught in the cross fire when the suspect started shooting at the officers who had approached him. tell us about that. >> reporter: well, somewhere in all the chaos crisscrossing the hill tonight, i did run into carter evans and i asked him how he was and he just short of shook his head in disbelief and
said thank goodness it wasn't worth. as some point he got under his crew car and the shots were whizzing by his head. he also said that he thinks if he had been about ten feet up the road, he or the car would have been hit, presumably shot. >> paul, thanks for the update as we get this latest breaking news from the story that we've been watching now for ten days. now to the state of the union. get on board or get out of the way. president obama issuing a second term challenge to congress for bipartisan cooperation. i guess bipartisan cooperation on his terms. this was in his speech last night, the president hit on major agenda issues, the economy, immigration reform and gun which is provided the emotional explanation point to the speech. we're joined this morning by brianna keilar live in the washington bureau. we're actually live in your home bureau this morning. >> heart. >> nice
that's right, he in he urged mef congress working together. he proposed economic proposals that already republicans are banning. >> we can say with renewed confidence that the state of our union is strong. >> reporter: in the first state of the union address of his second term, president obama unveiled a slate of new proposals aimed at improving the lives of the middle class, taking on everything from universal preschool education to repairing the nation's aging infrastructure to addressing the let threat of climate change. he urged congress to put partisan differences aside on the issue of immigration and to stay focused on a plan to jump-start the nation's lethargic economy. >> the american people have worked too hard for too long rebuilding from one crisis to see their elected officials cause another. >> reporter: renewing an unfulfilled promise from his first presidential campaign, obama asked congress to increase the federal minimum wage to $9
an hour. >> let's declare that in the wealthiest nation on earth, no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty. let's tie the minimum wage to the cost of living so it finally becomes a wage you can live on. >> reporter: in the moment of the night, the president called on congress to vote for tougher gun legislation, stepped up background checks, and an assault weapons ban. >> gabby giffords deserves a vote. the families of newtown deserve a vote. the families of aurora deserve a vote. >> reporter: on national security, the president warned of the threats posed by enemy hackers, announcing new measures to increase information sharing and adding long south details on the case of the drawdown in afghanistan, he announced plans to bring home nearly half the troops serving there by this time next year. >> another 34,000 american troops will come home from
afghanistan, this drawdown will continue. and by the end of next year, our war in afghanistan will be over. >> reporter: how will all of this be paid for? the president vowed -- >> nothing i'm proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime. >> but maybe not surprisingly he did not layout a price tag. the white house says that will be flushed out when he unveils his budget next month. and of course now it's about selling the plan. he heads off on a bit of a tour, he'll be in asheville, north carolina today. he'll be in atlanta, he'll be in chicago at the end of the week. selling his economic proposals and also of course chicago will be certainly about his gun violence proposals. >> the budgeting is interesting. no details for now. we'll have to take their word on it. >> republicans won't be you can be sure of that. >> i was about to say that same thing. thank, brianna. marco rubio gave the gop response. among republican voters who took
the dial test, rubio scored his highest marks when talking about big government. >> and the idea that more taxes and more government spending is the the best way to help hard working middle class taxpayers, that's an old idea that's failed every time it's been tried. more government isn't going to help you get ahead. it will hold you back. more government isn't going to create more opportunities. it's going to limit them. and more government isn't going to inspire new ideas, new businesses and new private sector jobs. it's going to create uncertainty. >> republican senator rand paul gave the tea party response. he chastised both parties for spending too much. >> it is often said there's not enough bipartisanship up here. that's not true. there's plenty of bipartisanship. both parties have been guilty of spending too much, of protecting their sacred cows, of back room deals in which everyone up here wins but every taxpayer loses.
>> people tweeting up a storm during the state of the union address. a total of 1.1 million tweets sent out using #sotu for state of the union. from the moment the president entered the house chamber, far more than the 645,000 tweets that happened the same time last year, the most tweeted moment was 9:52 p.m. eastern time when the president talked about middle class opportunity and raising the minimum wage. it generated 24,000 tweets per minute. his call for gun control was a close second with 23,700 tweets per minute. ahead this morning in our next hour, we'll have more on the state of the union address and analysis from republican congressman tim huelskamp. and then at 6:30, we'll be joined by don baer. p. other news going on right now, pope benedict making his first appearance today since announcing his resignation, all eyes and ears on the pontiff as he gives his weekly address.
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in fact the pilgrims that had gathered for their support and their love as he put it. he was certain the church would continue and he would like the pilgrims to pray for him and his successor. and then he went into the lenten message, the temptation of christ, 40 days in the wilderness and that the basis of the christian celebration of lent. he received tumultuous applause every time he mentioned it and also sustained applause at the end of his remarks this morning. so i would say he appeared buoyed up by the support he was getting. >> we're learning who are about his health. he recently underwent surgery. what are the details of that and do we know if that influenced his decision to step down? >> reporter: well, there was a lot of that written in the press here that he went through the surgery which the spokesman for
the vatican said really was just a replacement of the battery in his maker. and that of course was a surprise to some people who didn't know he had a pacemaker but vatican insiders knew he had one implanted about ten years ago and it was a fairly routine operation. >> all right. jim bittermann, nice to have you out there. thank you very much. it is 18 past the hour. some dwchlt op senators threatening a filibuster after chuck hagel cleared a major hurdle towards becoming the next defense secretary. the senate armed services committee narrowly approved his controversial nomination yesterday. no republicans on the panel backed the former nebraska gop senator. hagel's nomination now moves to the full senate for a vote which is expected to happen this week. it could happen as early as tonight. passengers on board the cruise ship triumph are at the mercy of the sea and the wind conditions. two tugboats are moving that
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factory floors around the world, the president sees a shift, a return to manufacturing here. >> our first priority is making america a magnet for new jobs in manufacturing. after shedding jobs for more than ten years, our manufacturers have added about 500,000 jobs over the past three. >> a fact check of that 500,000 figure it's true if you tally jobs from 2010 when the industry hit rock bottom, but a longer view tells a different story. this is the context you must look at any manufacturing story with. this is manufacturing in america, the number of manufacturing jobs since 1979. that chart is terrible. the industry hit a peak with nearly 20 million jobs, manufacturing jobs, in 1979. it's been shrinking ever since, hitting rock bottom in 2010. the jobs he's talking about is the little far right part at the bottom of the line. some areblying production back to the u.s. to keep better control of their product.
others, yes, are bringing some production back because wages and worker demands are rising in countries like china. you just can't make it as cheaply as could you in some of these other spots. the fact is any manufacturing renaissances is still fragile and elusive. america is manufacturing more with fewer workers. and in august and september, america actually shed manufacturing jobs. so recently that little renaissance has been slowing. our trade deficit is still gargantuan. we import more than we export and that gap hurts economic growth and jobs. in 2010, the president promised he would double american exports by the year 2014. and looking at those numbers currently, that's not likely to happen. one thing about america and what we value in america, we invent things here and for years we've been building them somewhere else. tim cook for example sitting there in the box watching this speech last night, he is the coe of apple. apple designs it here, builds it somewhere else, and then sells
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a hail of gunfire and inferno in the houbmountains wha wanted ex-cop may have stage his last stand. a live report straight ahead. the president lays out his agenda for fixing the economy leaving some republicans to say not so fast. can a compromise really be found on capitol hill? and this might be the worst cruise ever. sewage flowing through the hallways, passengers sleeping on the deck because it's too hot wiin their rooms. conditions described on board the cruise ship as it's slowly being towed back to the u.s. mainland. we'll have the latest from mobile, alabama where the ship is headed. welcome back, everybody. you're watching a special edition of "early start". >> it's 30 after the hour. and new developments overnight in the massive ten day manhunt. authorities now say that they have found charred human remains in a burned out cabin in big
bear, california. while we still don't have a positive i.d., law enforcement officials seem fairly confident that christopher dorner was killed inside the cabin where the suspect barricaded himself yesterday for one final shoot-out with police. we'll go right away to casey wian live at lapd headquarters in los angeles. what's the latest? >> reporter: well, the latest is as you mentioned, san bernardino county sheriff's department says that they did find human remains in that cabin where they suspected christopher dorner was hold up yesterday evening. that all began after a report of a stolen vehicle around 12:20 local time. down the mountain it appeared dorner was trying to escape, fish and wildlife wardens spotted him in a white pickup truck heading down the mountain. they recognized him, they exchanged gunfire with dorner
not once but twice. he escaped to that cabin where he again engaged in another gunfight with sheriff's deputies. two hit, one suffered fatal wounds, the other one is expected to survive. he is in the hospital. a fire began at that cabin, there were some fears that dorner may have had hostages in that cabin as the situation was unfolding. turned out apparently not to be the case. authorities let the cabin burn to the ground. and as we said, they have said they have found human remains, still not positively identified. >> casey wian in los angeles at the lapd headquarters. we want to bring in lou palumbo, he heads up a security officer. and i think the question is what's next? law enforcement on the ground still there this big bear. what are they looking for, what are they investigating at this time? >> well, what they're trying to determine are whose remains they are primarily.
they want to leave nothing to chance here. the other thing that they need to to is to continue to canvas the community to identify if there were any other cabins that he may have broken into, if there are any other victims at this man's hands. he may have committed other home sides. curious to just track him at this point.cides. curious to just track him at this point.icides. curious to just track him at this point. to me the break in the case is when the vehicle became disab d disabled. it took him out of the dynamic of his plan which needed to be carried out in l.a., not big bear. and he was incapable of getting back to that area. so the investigation, collection of forensics, checking his dna, canvassing the community. >> i'd be curious, too, to know what kind of help he got. who exactly helped him along the way.
ten days is a long time to be able to avoid capture when you have a massive manhunt and tremendous amount of money offered for your capture. >> the one thing about california, and i had an office out there for over 20 years, it's very spread out. up like new york where we're densely populated with pedestrians, it's not too difficult to be elusive especially if you know some of the less common traveled arteries so to speak. and as i mentioned earlier, his plan was to go up to big bear and regroup. because there was no target value for him in big bear. it all remained in los angeles. so he went into l.a., he struck, took himself off the radar screen so to speak, unanticipated vehicle problems changed the whole dynamic of his plan. and it resulted in him being ultimately captured. because once again thup big bear without any real understanding of what law enforcement was doing. we know they're not dripping in cable tv up there. it doesn't support it. he was kind of flying blind.
>> thankthanks, lou, we appreci it. president obama calling on congress to work with him during his state of the union address last night. the economy is expected to dominate the president's second term going forward and a major focus of last night's speech was on economic growth. >> most of us agree that a plan to reduce the deficit must be part of our agenda. let's be clear. deficit reduction alone is not an economic plan. a growing economy that creates good middle class jobs, that must be the northstar that guides our efforts. >> the president also pressed congress for tougher gun laws saying it's not the first gun debate, but in the wake of newtown and other tragic events, this time he says it's different. so not just one, but two republican senators pounced on
the president afterwards. florida senator marco rubio gave the official republican response. and kentucky senator rand paul provided the tea party reaction. national correspondent jim acosta has a blow by blow of both. >> good evening. >> reporter: delivering the official republican party response to a president pressure off re-election and feeling feisty, florida senator marco rubio was equally combative, accusing mr. bal of trying to tax and spend his way to prosperity. >> the tax increases and deficit spending you propose will hurt middle class families. it will cost them their raises. it will cost them their benefits. it may especially cost some of them their jobs. >> reporter: and if that wasn't point enough -- >> i don't want to protect the rich. i oppose your plans because i want to protect your neighbors. >> reporter: the spot light may have been take bright for a moment as rubio reached for a bottle of water in the middle of his speech. still now a leading voice on on immigration reform, rubio made
history with his remarks. by taping an additional response in spanish. but rubio was not the night's only gop appeal to latinos. >> we must be the party who sees immigrants as assets, not liabilities. >> reporter: kentucky senator rand paul struck a moderate tone on immigration in his tea party response to president obama. but paul offered up some of the movement's conservative populism, as well, calling for immediate congressional term limits if lawmakers fail to tackle the deficit. >> congress refuses to owe p ss own rules, refuses to pass a budget, refuses to read the bills, then i say sweep the place clean. >> reporter: but there was one other unofficial republican response to the state of the union. from the man who sometimes shoots from the lid. >> i'm so sweet i can hardly stand myself. >> reporter: ted nugent was invited by texas congressman steve stockman to stand against
new firearms restrictions. after making his way through security unarmed -- >> i'm butt naked. i've never been so naked in all my life. >> reporter: nugent said his message was simple. >> freedom. freedom and independence. rugged individual ism and leave us alone. >> reporter: the multiple responses were just the opening round of what could be two more weeks of political posturing. both sides remain far apart on the massive round of automatic intending cuts known as the sequester due to kick in on march 1st. jim acosta, cnn, washington. >> you saw ted nugent in jim's piece. gun control was one of the topics covered in last night's state of the union address. the president and members of congress personally invited people affected by gun violence. we'll speak with one member and her guest who came next. (push button tone)oon. c. this is stacy from springfield. oh whoa. hello? yes. i didn't realize i'd be talking to an actual person. you don't need to press "0," i'm here. reach a person, not a prompt
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welcome back to a special edition of "early start" live from washington this morning. the president covered a wide range of issues throughout the state of the union, but perhaps the most emotional subject came up towards the end of his address. >> what i said tonight matters little if we don't come together to protect our most precious resource, our children. it has been two months since newtown. i know this is not the first time this country has debated how to reduce gun violence. but this time is different. >> the members of congress invited more than two dozen members personally affected by gun violence. california democratic congresswoman janice hahn's
guest was reverend from los angeles, he founded silver lining of hope after his son was injured by a drive-by shooting in 2009. representative, reverend, thanks for joining us. you've been personally affected by gun violence obviously, very close to your heart, and you founded this organization. >> yes, sir. >> what did you make of the president's speech? >> i was just totally overwhelmed to hear the highest profile personality in our judicial system to begin to own the process of seeing our young create a value system that seemingly has been dissipated and make that a priority. it's just really encouraging to me. >> his call, his emotional call to members of congress, was to vote. to vote on these controversial issues, including assault weapon, including perhaps high capacity magazines. let's listen to what he said. because it was an emotional moment. >> gabby giffords deserves a
vote. the families of newtown deserve a vote. the families of aurora deserve a vote. the families of oak creek and tucson and blacksburg and the countless other communities ripped open by gun violence, they deserve a simple vote. >> you're both nodding while that's being played. it was an emotional moment last night. he says these people everyone deserve as vote, but is a vote enough? because let's face it, the assaults weapons ban has almost no chance of passing. so will voting on it solve anything? >> i think it's a start. there is a cadre of contributing factors that is causing this violence of our young. there's never going to be no one shot or no one man or no one organization that will fix this problem. it's literally going to take all of us in america to own this. >> congresswoman, you were
there, you were in that chamber for these votes. do you think it's better to -- >> the president made a great point with all the victims of gun violence sitting there as witnesses in the gallery, they do deserve that congress takes up these issues. i happen to believe universal back groi background might be something we can all agree on. and i think after the speech people like reverend bell and other guests of members of congress who have suffered from gun violence will go back to their communities and neighborhoods and be the president's ambassadorsed a begin a ground swell of force from the american people to call on congress to actually pass some common sense ed a begin a ground swell of force from the american people to call on congress to actually pass some common senseaned a begin a ground swell of force
from the american people to call on congress to actually pass some common senseded a begin a ground swell of force from the american people to call on congress to actually pass some common sensed a begin a ground swell of force from the american people to call on congress to actually pass some common sense a begin a ground swell of force from the american people to call on congress to actually pass some common sensea begin a ground swell of force from the american people to call on congress to actually pass some common sense begin a ground swell of force from the american people to call on congress to actually pass some common sense laws. >> overnight as the speech was happening, we're dealing with this manhunt, a shoot-out. we didn't know what guns were involved here. talk to me about how that felt. >> well, you know, i had my iphone during the speech and people were giving me updates minute by minute of what's happening. this has gripped not just los angeles county, but riverside county, san bernardino county. i know many of the officers personally that were named in his manifesto. so it felt very close to home. a lot of it happened within the neighborhood where i live. so it was a gripping, gripping story of someone who had all the weapons at his disposal and had the training to really cause great fear in los angeles. >> representative, reverend, thanks about joining us. glad you make de it out to
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just into cnn, six more arrests stemming from a new investigation into alleged phone hacking at rue bert murdoch's news of the world tabloid. scotland yard detectives say six former or current journalists have been taken into custody and are part of a suspected conspiracy by staffers at the newspaper that took place in 2005 and 2006. this investigation is separate
from an earlier probe that led to the arrest of several top murder to being executives. and the mother of a 6-year-old alabama boy who was kidnapped from a school bus and held captive in a bunker for nearly a week says little ethan did witness the shooting death of the man who abducted him. ethan and his mother will appear today on the dr. phil show. here is a clip released by the program's producers. >> how did you feel? >> i wanted to be there. i wanted to take his place. >> did he see mr. dykes shot and killed? >> yes. he says the army came in and shot that man. >> ethan's mother also says her biggest concern now is how ethan will handle getting back on a school bus. public schools this hamden, connecticut will remain closed again today, that's the town where a record 40 inches of snow buried roads, homes and
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welcome back. 55 past the hour. the toilets are overflowing, sewage sloshing around in the hallw hallways, and they are running out of food. a disabled carnival cruise ship became an eye land n eyp island people. >> raw sewage in the hallways, you have to cover your face.n i people. >> raw sewage in the hallways, you have to cover your face. >> a second tug has arrived ability the boand the boat is moving and we hear there are activities planned which we find surprising. victor blackwell is live in mobile where the ship is expected to arrive tomorrow. what is the latest on the progress of getting the ship
there? >> reporter: well, no later than 36 hours from now, the cruise director says that no later than 4:00 p.m. local, which is 5:00 eastern, that ship should be here and those 3,000 passengers, about 1,000 crew member, should all be getting out. we're told that this second tugboat has been added, it's moving along about 6 knots toward mobile bay, about 7 miles per hour. and everyone here says they are ready. this will be the largest cruise ship to pull into the cruise terminal, although not the largest ship to come through this channel. there are large cargo ships that come here to the ship yard for repairs. we do know that there are people here who are being -- who are getting sick because of the stench of this raw sewage described there. actually we just spoke with two parents, kim and mary, they are from luftkin texas, they have two daughters on this ship, 10 and 12 years old. the girls are with their dads. listen to what kim says about
getting that first call from her 10-year-old after the engine fire on the carnival triumph. >> she was hysterical. mommy, it's so scary, i want to come home. i want you, mom, please. just come get me. you though. and -- sorry. >> reporter: she says that on on the first day they were eating onion sandwiches. they pulled the mattress out to the hallway because the state room was too warm. she has not heard from it her daughter since that call on monday, but she drove here overnight. its they said i want to be as close to my girls as possible. so they're here waiting. but they're here waiting if them to come off this ship.to my gir. so they're here waiting. but they're here waiting if them to come off this ship. >> i would have done the exact same thing. victor blackwell live in mobile, thank you. "early start" continues right now.
what you're hearing is gunshots, a raging inferno, too. late word this morning of charred remains all inside a lakeside cabin where a killer ex-cop alleged to be a killer made his dramatic last stand. we know what needs to be done. >> as he begins his second term, president obama issues a challenge to congress, finish the job. we're live in washington this morning taking the pulse and checking the facts. getting to do something that no other pope has ever gotten to do. a farewell tour. this morning makingly first public appearance since announcing his retirement. good morning to you. welcome to "early start". i'm zoraida sambolin in new york. and i'm soledad o'brien in washington, d.c.. you're watching a special edition of "early start" this morning. >> and i'm john berman. it is 6:00 a.m. in the east.
rear live in the nation's capital where just a few hours ago president obama challenged congress to act in his state of the union address. but signs of disunion may be more apparent than of disunion more apparent than ever. the senator, marco rubio has a lot of people talking. we'll have reaction. we'll see what they got wrong. another major, major developing story right now. let's get straight to that. >> the dramatic developments overnight in the manhunt for christopher dorner. police now say they found charred remains in a burned out cabin after a shoot-out near that this cabin in big bear lake. he killed two officers. a s.w.a.t. team detonated a smoke device in the cabin. set it on fire. no positive confirmation of dorner's death. police have spent a week frantically searching all of big bear. and we have a look at how they
were finally able to corner the suspect. >> shots fired. >> reporter: a hail of bullets. police radio captured the moment. >> they are returning fire. >> a cabin burning to the ground and fugitive excop christopher dorner believed inside. after six days of combing through big bear, the "l.a. times" report that two maids maids cleaning a home were tied up. the first law enforcement to spot the suspect in the car were two fish and wild life officers. >> a purple nissan, he appeared to be driving too fast, lost control of the vehicle, crashed it, carjacked the second white pickup, fleeing the scene when the warden noticed them. so close, he recognized his face. >> reporter: suspected cop killer, christopher dorner. the suspect opened fire. 15 shots, hitting the patrol
car, narrowly missing the officers. she chased the truck to the cabin. as they began their approach, a man inside opened fire. the gun fight captured by a local news reporter's cell phone. radio calls from the officers. >> returning fire. >> then the heart-sinking call. >> officer down, officer down! >> we have an officer down. >> medic ship in the air. officer down. >> another officer down. >> one of our deputies was injured. being treated here at loma linda, and unfortunately, one of our injuries passed away as a result of his injuries. >> all law enforcement agencies, is a blowerhood. this is a difficult day for law enforcement. >> law enforcement closed down
all roads in and out to the mountain. law enforcement so no one leave. >> he barricaded in the cabin, engaged in gunfire with our deputies and other law enforcement officers still inside. >> reporter: the cabin burned to the ground, the suspect believed still inside. san bernardino confident enough to drop the roadblocks as they wait for verification that l.a.'s largest manhunt has come to an end. >> late this morning, charred remains have been found inside that cabin. they have yet to be identified however. we also have new details how officers were able to track dorner down, following the frantic 10-day search. paul vercammen is live. police were focusing on that resort area for about a week.
how did they get their break? >> they sure were, and they were combing the area, looking in empty cabins for dorner, just so many of them up here. probably to his shock, from what we understand, two maids go in to clean one of the cabins and there he is, the fugitive on the run. the man on the rampage. dorner steals their car, heads down the highway, and fish and wild life spot dorner, following two school buss, almost one of them on the bumper, using buses for cover. they radio for help. other fish and wild life officers spot the car, head toward dorner, he crashes that car, steals a pickup truck. let's listen to the fish and game department talk about what happened at that point in the story. >> the warden in front noticed a white truck driving erratically
at a high rate of speed. he was drown to this erratic behavior, he took a close look at the driver and recognized him as the suspect. before he could put it out in the radio, he passed the suspect vehicle, the suspect rolled his window down and when the second patrol truck came up with two are wardens inside, he engaged in shooting with our wardens as they were driving. >> we should note, those fish and wild life wardens were unhurt. then he goes down the street, gets himself in that cabin and by all intents and purposes, he meets his fiery end, john. >> paul vercammen covering this developing story for us. thank you. we want to move on to the president's state of the union address. the president laying out his vision for a second term. last night, challenging republicans to work with him. the speech seemed to hit home
with a majority of americans. 53% had a very positive reaction. 24% somewhat positive and 2% reacted negatively. still, a majority of speech watchers, 53%, do not believe this will lead to more bipartisan cooperation. glass half full, glass half empty. brianna keilar here to talk about the speech. >> i think the polls might be on to something, john. president obama talked a lot about the economy, deficit reduction is lone is not an economic plan and with some echoes of the campaign, he talked about investing in the middle class, through education, clean energy investments, and an increase in the minimum page. economic measures that quite swiftly republicans rejected. >> we can say with renewed confidence that the state of our union is stronger. >> reporter: in the first state of the union address of his second term, president obama unveiled a slate of new
proposals aimed at improving the lives of the middle class, taking on everything from universal preschool education to repairing the nation's aging infrastructure to addressing the threat of climate change. he urged congress to put partisan differences aside on the image of immigration and to stay focused on a plan to jump start the nation's lethargic economy. >> the american people have worked too hard for too long, rebuilding from one crisis to see their elected officials cause another. >> reporter: renewing an unfulfilled promise from his first presidential campaign, obama asked congress to increase the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour. >> let's declare in the wealthiest nation on earth no, one who worked full time should have to live in poverty. let's tie the minimum wage to the cost of living so it finally becomes a wage you can live on. >> reporter: in the moment of the night, the president called on congress to vote for tougher gun legislation.
stepped up background checks and an assault weapons plan. >> gabby giffords deserves a vote. the families of newtown deserve a vote. the families of aurora deserve a vote. >> reporter: on national security, the president warned of the threats posed by enemy hackers, announcing new measures to increase information sharing and adding long sought details on the pace of the drawdown in afghanistan, announced plans to bring home nearly half of the troops serving there by this time next year. >> another 34,000 american troops will come home from afghanistan this drawtown will continue and by the end of next year, our war in afghanistan will be over. >> reporter: how will up of this be paid for? the president vowed. >> none of what i am proposing will increase our deficit by a
single dime. >> reporter: there no price tag, but the white house says the there's and cents will be fleshed out when the president unveils his budget next month. and now it's time to sell this plan. he heads to asheville, north carolina, today, and then south carolina tomorrow, and then to chicago on friday. that's where he'll be talking about gun violence. >> and been kind of silent on gun violence in his home state and city, so that will be interesting to watch. >> it's gotten a lot more attention with the first lady going to hadiya pendleton's funeral, and now he's heading home. he mentioned in speeches the violence there, but this i think will really bring it home. republican senator marco rubio gave the republican response. amongry public i h rubio scored highest marks when he talked about big government. here is what he said. >> the idea that more taxes and
more government spending is the west way to help hard-working middle class taxpayers, that's an old idea that's failed every time it's been tried. more government isn't going to help you get ahead. it's going to hold you back. more government isn't going to create more opportunities. it's going to limit them. and more government isn't going to inspire new ideas, new businesses and new private-sector jobs. it will create uncertainty. >> republican senator rand paul gave the tea party response, chastised both parties for spending too much. here is what he said. >> he's often said there is not enough bipartisanship up here. that's not true. in fact, there's plenty of bipartisanship. both parties have been guilty of spending too much. of protecting their back room deals, where everybody up here wins but the taxpayer loses. >> coming up after the break,
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welcome back, everybody. president obama welcomed his statement of the union speech by quoting another democratic president from half a century ago. here is what he said. >> 51 years ago, john f. kennedy declared to this chamber, that the constitution makes us not rivals for power, but partners for prong. it is my task, he said, to report the state of the union. to improve it is the task of us all. >> well, rivals or partners? for all of the talk of
bipartisanship, the president's address, the parties remained sharply divided on a number of issues, a cnn/orc poll conducted after the speech showed 3 9% thought it would lead to more bipartisan cooperation. 53% thought it would exactly the opposite. let's get to a member of the tea party caucus, tim huelskamp. what was your assessment of the president's speech? >> more of the same. a long laundry list of what the president would like to do, i didn't see many solutions for problems with debts and deficit. no real plan there. no real plan to get 22.7 million americans back to work. it seemed more of the same and i was looking for real solutions and didn't see many of those last night. >> let's play a clip of what he said about bigger government. i picked this one because of what we heard from marco rubio, talked about the size of government. let's start with what the president said first. >> tonight i'll lay out
additional proposals that are fully paid for and fully consistent with the budget framework, both parties agreed to, just 18 months ago. let me repeat. nothing i'm proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime. not a bigger government we need, but a smarter government that sets priorities and invests in broad-based growth. >> he seemed to be saying bigger government versus smarter government. and we heard from marco rubbo bigger government versus smarter government. what do you think about not raising the deficit for even a dime? >> the fourth time out of five cycles, supposed to be presenting that. look at the details. when you residence a trillion dollar deficit, there was no plan to reduce that deficit i heard last night and we have a 60$60.5 trillion debt. he has added $6 trillion in four years. i do know what he will propose.
he didn't specifically outline those, but another tax increase. is he obsessed with raising taxes and i'm assume he will unveil as another tax increase proposal. >> he offered medicare cuts of $ 00 milli 400 million, and he said you can't cut your way to prosperity. >> you can't cut your way to prosperity. >> you can't spend your way, tax your way. we're looking at massive deficits. looking at a downgrade of our credit rating and these are serious times requiring serious proposals. bowles simpson commission, he didn't take any of those proposals l s and lay those out. health care costs continue to increase. health care premiums, hear from constituents, small businesses under fire, not hiring people, i think we need a big plan to get
the economy growing, and pretty simple approach. marco rubio outlined that. we don't need a massive government program. fewer regulations, more certainty out of washington, i did not hear that last. >> it's interesting to hear from "the los angeles times" talked about bipartisanship. most people don't think the speech made any big steps toward bipartisanship. leaders have to do more to set the right goals. they have to achieve them. there obama's course is unclear. the first time he was rebuffed. he suggested a new approach. rallying the public in support of common values, transcending bipartisan values. achieving it won't be easy. what do you think about the strategy. rallying the public. and the public in turn rallies public officials and you get progress if dealing across the aisle doesn't work. >> it's hard to rally folks around the speech and put it into law. no specific proposals, no
deficit reduction targets. no outline how you would reduce medical costs, still going out of control. and how to pay for these plans. i assume he will come up with another tax increase, another long laundry list of those items. 22.7 million americans, out of work, looking for work, or have given up. it went backward last quarter, slowest it's been since he took office. and we need it turn that around. i saw no plan. >> minimum wage? >> i am against raising that. i think that's the way we get people to receive more money, we give them jobs. raising minimum wage for 22.7 million americans with no work is no solution. >> tim huelskamp, thank you. in a few minutes, we'll have more speech analysis with done
baer. >> more on the state of the union. first so many other big stories developing right now. we want to go back to new york with zoraida sambolin. >> good morning. two tug boats are moving the doomed cruise ship crippled by an engine fire. if sea winds don't cooperate, passenger and crews could be stuck in another day for with deplorable conditions, including sloshing sewage and a dwindling cruise spraupply. pope benedict xvi celebrating his last mass on ash wednesday. he greeted thousands of faithful who gathered at the square this morning, thanking them in several languages and mentioning his decision to step down, saying it would be inappropriate to stay on. you know, he will hold his final audience in vatican city in st.
peter's square on february 27th for those in the area and want to see him one final time. >> those who are watching remotely as well. zoraida, thank you. the president talked about raising his minimum wage in the state of the union address. talking about congressman huelskamp about that. we'll talk more about that after this short break. back in a moment. ó? [ anouncer ] ihop is in time square to compare
your money, a big topic in president obama's state of the union address. >> in fact, he called for congress to raise the minimum wage. our christine romans with a look at that. good morning. >> that was a big surprise. a lot of people knew he would focus on jobs, raising the minimum wage, a promise he made five years ago, and last night came the plan. >> let's declare that in the wealthiest nation on earth no, one who works full time should have to live in poverty and raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour. >> he wants to do that by the year 2015, peg it to inflation, so when prices rise, your wages would go up too. right now, the minimum wage is $7.25. about $1 4,000 a year if you work full time at minimum wage. take a look. most adhere to the guideline. those are the blue states. washington has the highest.
minimum wage of more than $9 an hour. the president calling for a 24% increase in the wage. a big jump that some big groups will push back on, no doubt. their biggest argument? it will hurt jobs. why? if they have to pay more for the workers they have, they won't be able to hire more people. an advocate for employers says more than 450,000 positions would be lost if the minimum wage went up to $9.80. the other side of the argument if the minimum wage didn't keep -- had kept up with inflation it would be $10.20 an hour. minimum wage is a big, ugly between employers who say they can't afford it and workers groups so who say it's only fair. 3.8 million workers are making minimum wage. i suspect you will see a lot of pushback from small business.
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charred remains. apparently all that's left after a gun battle with a fugitive accused cop killer. his last stand at a lakeside cabin. lea a live report on the still developing story. >> they deserve a vote. >> president obama getting emotional talking about american who's have been touched by gun violence in his state of the union address. and brand new this morning, crowds turn out for pope benedict xvi's first public appear ans since the announcement he is retiring. i'm zoraida sambolin in new york. >> i'm john berman in washington. >> and i'm soledad o'brien. president obama laying out his
vision for his second term. challenging republicans to work with him, get a vote done on gun control, raise the middle class. more on that in a moment. but, first, to the breaking story unfolding all night long, unfolding over the last ten days. a man hunt may be over, in fact. >> new this morning, authorities have found charred human remains and a burned out cabin in big bear, california. the massive ten-day manhunt for alleged cop killer, christopher dorner, we don't have a positive i.d. on the body, law enforcement officials seem confident that he was killed inside the cabin where he barricaded himself for one final shoot-out. right to casey wian at police headquarters. what is the latest on the investigation? >> even though they believe that the remains that have been found in the cabin in the big bear area are those of christopher
dorner, of course, not confirmed, that is the assumption, this investigation, john, far from over. one of the things that authorities will continue to look into is the possibility that he could have had accomplices. up in the big bear area where it seems six days, and people are questioning how he could have done that without some help. in the original arrest warrant that was releasedory the weekend, issued on thursday by the u.s. marshals service, it talked about a man with the initials j.y., a known acquaintance of dorner who had property in the big bear area. all of his known acquaintances have been checked out and cleared, but they are still looking at the possibility that accomplices could have helped him. here is what the l.a.p.d. has to say about that. >> anybody who assisted him. assisted him in hiding from the police department, avoiding capture, or in any way is
crimin criminalally culpable. >> the lapd says until they have positive evidence those remains are dorner, they will continue to keep 50 families, lapd members and relatives under 24-hour protection. people believed to be targets of dorner. john. >> casey wian at lapd police headquarters thank you. the president urging congress to pass tougher gun laws, while taking note of those in attendance whose lives have been affected by gun violence, including the family of a chicago teenager, hadiya pendleton. >> hadiya's parents, nate and cleo, are in the chamber tonight, along with more than two dozen americans torn apart
by gun violence. they deserve a vote. they deserve a vote. they deserve a vote. gabby giffords deserves a vote. the families of newtown deserve a the peoples of aurora deserve a vote. the families of oak creek and tucson and blacksburg and the countless other community ripped open by gun violence, they deserve a simple vote. >> that was really the most dramatic moment of the speech last night. >> and interesting optics around it. let's bring in done b encbaer, r
speechwriter, helping president clinton draft speeches from '95 until the end of his term. and chair of the global marketing firm. >> thank you. >> interesting to see the moment where you see the vice president stands, the house majority leader standing and at some point you realize the political debate going on behind what the president is saying, right? everybody is clapping. i thought it was interesting -- >> speaker boehner chose to stop clapping and sits down. is that odd to you too? >> very much. it's an emotional moment, and everybody is talking about it. and i suspect it moved some people. it's interesting that little stage craft reflects some real division. what the white house is looking at now, how is the country reacting to these things? and i've seen overnight
something called the microsoft bing pulse. 13,000 americans got to vote on the issues as they were going on last night. you know what they were divided on? gun control and climate change. >> the areas which they are divided in on every poll we see. even though there is a lot of emotion behind the issues and science. you know where they are together? immigration reform, tax reform, deficit reduction. >> how about mondinimum wage? >> minimum wage is a little murkier. what is the dividing line there? gun control, chicalimate change where government would have more of a role. deficit reduction, tax reform, it seems to the public like, okay, that's smarter government not more government. i think that's where the divide really is. >> if they are divided on the issues, what can a president accomplish in his state of the union speech? what did he accomplish? >> he set out a very aggressive
aendgentleman, he gets to set the agenda, mark the debates and keep moving forward. he's not done yet. he will continue to make this case. >> it struck me, he laid down a marker on the deficit. an unlikely marker. says the deficit is not going to be his obsession. it doesn't make for good economic policy. >> well this is the big debate going on. we went into the cliff issues back before the holidays, everything was -- the deficit is key, and a lot of people hear him saying if we don't deal with the deficit, we won't be able to move on things that help future generations. the president has subtly in the last month. >> not last night. >> last night he delivered on it. in the inaugural address he said more or less the same thing. that is the big fight. all of the other things are important. the big issues on the budget and deficit that's front and center. it will be interesting, as it will be hard to move onto other
items if they can't agree on these. >> thank you for being with us. a lot of news around the world. zoraida brings us up to speed on that. >> pope benedict xvi celebrating his last public mass on this ash wednesday. he appeared before the thousands of faithful in st. petersburg square, and thanking them in several languages. we are live in vatican city. you have a translation for us. what did the pope say? >> reporter: well, zoraida, the pope referred to his resignation right off the bat at the top of his remarks and received actuality u tumultuous applause. here is a bit of what he had to say. >> translator: i have decided to resign the ministry given to me
by the lord. i have prayed for a long time, and i have examined before god my conscience, fully aware of the gravity of such acts, but also affair that it is not adequate for me to continue if i don't have the strength that it requires. >> reporter: and the pope thanked pilgrims for their love and prayers and hoped they would continue to pray for him and his successor. >> he looked like he was in good health. jim bittermann, thank you very much. john, soledad, back to up there was a lot of crowds out there. with a lot of cheering for the pope. >> i am not surprised. >> it will be so fascinating to watch that between now and the end of the month. >> february 27th is the last appearance. >> and the 28th, he's officially done and they go into the next month where they bring the conclave together. could be a fascinating weeks and
months ahead. >> the cardinals are come earlier than the conclave because they want to be there for his final address on the 27th. a lot of other news. still developing the story, the furious conclusion of the hunt for a fugitive accused killer. charred remains may be all that remains of ex-cop christopher dorner. crimson pride turned to shame. members of the national champion alabama football squad arrested. details on what happened, straight ahead. for your first day? yeah.
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we're live in washington, d.c. for the aftermath of the state of the union speech last night. another developing story we're following as well. charred remains have been found in a cabin in big bear, california. after the manhunt for an accused killer, christopher dorner. >> we'll bring in lou polumbo. a former police officer. they found charred human remains in the cabin. still awaiting for them to be identified. with that and beyond that, how do we reach a conclusion in this case? >> continuing investigation and closure. we need to know beyond a shadow of a doubt without mishap, the remains that were recovered or going to be recovered in this cabin belong to dorner. they need to give the public closure on this incident and maybe los angeles needs to go back and revisit the disconnect they have in the community which brought a whole new dimension to
this case. she have an ongoing rest investigation they have to run his dna, ton identify whether at any point he was aided or abetted. >> not just about the dna. about the actual path. where has he been over the last ten days. and further back, what happened five years from when he really was fired, was kicked off the force and had appealed up to 2011. a gap of time to investigate how much planning if indeed this is the body that they think it is, how much planning went into this? >> i don't think as much planning as you might suspect. because i think this individual was so well trained. he really invested himself into his training, unluke a lot of law enforcement agents. this guy appeared to have taken a real strong interest in learning how to operate firearms. the other thing i wanted to mention, i listened repeatedly to the gunfire exchange yesterday in big bear and someone had a full automatic weapon up there.
>> fully automatic? >> i could tell by the number of shots and the succession, the closeness. >> we were talking about that earlier. >> i'm curious to know if it was the sheriff's office, or did he, in fact, have one, which would account why he was so effective in neutralizing law enforcement. >> if he had one that would be illegal in any state. >> that's not true, sir there are a number of states that are class three states. georgia, alabama, mississippi, florida, nevada, arizona, texas, you may own full automatic weapons once you acquire a $200 tax stamp from the bureau of alcohol, tobacco, and firearms, it's registered. there are fully automatic weapons available, but not every state is what we refer to as a class three state. >> so much to know. and first and foremost, whether the charred remains inside this burned down cabin are, in fact, those of the man they have been looking for. thanks, lou. nice to see you. retired nassau county, new york,
police officer that now runs his own security agency. lots more going on. a lot of news around the world. back to zoraida in new york. new this morning, six more arrests stemming from a new investigation into alleged phone hacking at rupeert murdoch's no shuttered news of the world. six former or current journal t journalists are suspecteded of being part of a conspiracy that took place in 2005 life-2006. this is separate from the previous vastgatiinvestigation executives. >> four alabama football players have been arrested. three for robbing a student and
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it is 52 minutes past the hour. nasty tales from the gulf of mexico. a carnival cruiseship is being towed back to land. the toilets are overflowing and they are running out of food. one passenger talks about the situation. >> there is blocked sewage blocking the hallways, you have to cover your face. >> there is some good news to report. a second tug has arrived. and passengers say the boat is moving now at least. and there are even some activities that are planned. victor blackwell live in mobile, alabama. we're shocked by the activities planned when you know the details of what is happening on board some of when can they expect this to come to an end? >> well, let's talk about the activities first. i can tell you at least one activity that's likely happening is drinking. we've learned from a person on board the ship that the bar is open, and the drinks are free. and in these types of situations, i'm sure a lot of people are partaking in a few beverages. let's talk about the progress in moving these people back to the
mainland. this ship is expected to be here tomorrow afternoon. and the people here who operate the port and the cruise terminals say they are ready. more than 100 security officers are on their way. homeland security will be here, tsa will be here. carnival employees will be here, and they will all now decide what happens next with people and there are options, 1,500 hotel rooms have been booked in mobile and new orleans for people who immediately want to get a hot shower and a comfortable bed. there will also be motor coaches to take people back to houston and galveston and 20 flights chartered to fly these people back to houston to get them home. that is happening right now, and everybody is here waiting. they are ready because back in 2011, that was the last time a carnival cruise ship was here. this was a carnival port. they are prepared for ships this size and groups of passengers as large as this coming in tomorrow. >> you mentioned a mom earlier
that drove quite a distance to be there when her daughter arrived. just hanging out waiting? >> reporter: we spoke with two moms, kim and mary. as soon as they found out the kim was coming to galveston -- rather, coming to mobile, they decided to come and wait. they would rather be a day early than two minutes late. listen to mary. >> he said the conditions have gotten so bad, they are asking them to use the restroom in bags and they were eating onion sandwiches and that was on monday. i haven't heard anything since. i've been following the news feed, and they will be here in mobile, alabama. and i was going to be here a day early and not two minutes late of when that boat arrived. >> reporter: that was kim mckerrigan. their daughters, 10 and 12. waiting for their daughters to come home. expected to be here tomorrow afternoon, sfwlor azoraida. >> victor blackwell, live in mobile, thank you for that.
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